Bonnie Adair of Perfect Technique Personal Training runs a variety of services aimed at getting the best out of your body. This isn't just about getting a 6 pack or bikini body, but about developing an awareness of your body so that you can improve your general wellbeing. This is extremely important in supporting you in all your other goals and to have a full and active life where anything is possible.
In your professional life, what is the single best thing about what you do?
The flexibility. I'm lucky because my job is flexible and no day is ever the same. I train different people each day, along with running group fitness sessions twice a week. The people I train often lead busy and changeable lives and it's essential to be able to accommodate this as a Personal Trainer. Sometimes I'll train people at their home, or their local park, or I'll travel to their place of work so that they can train before going home for the day. It's all about working with the individual so that they feel good about getting fit, because if you don't feel good about something, you're unlikely to keep it up or achieve your ultimate goal.
Do you have a creative hero / heroine and if so, why?
I don't have a particular hero or heroine, but I am inspired by my clients every day. There's something amazing about watching people push through their fear and run the extra mile, or use all their will power to hold a static exercise for an extra second which I find incredible.
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
That it is absolutely possible to be a personal trainer and fitness coach without working at a gym. Everyone wants to achieve their goals in a way that works for them and not everyone wants to go to the gym. In the same way the other Personal Trainers that I know all work differently and have their own unique skill set, I boxed for three years and have a background in dance and flexibility work. I'm also a keen cyclist and climber and I bring my knowledge of these physical activities to my fitness work.
If you hit a creative block, what is your top tip for getting through it?
Doing something physical. I often find that by being active, I can shift mental blocks. Going for a run, swimming, going for a cycle ride or even just sitting quietly and doing some flexibility work all allow me to check in with my body. I also like to break things down into small manageable tasks, so rather than deciding that you need to run a Marathon, why not start with an achievable task which is a step in the right direction, such as going for a half an hour run
And finally, for fun, if you were a shoe, what type of shoe would you be and why?
Probably a running trainer, super lightweight, comfortable and fun. I've got a bright yellow pair of Nike running trainers and I always get comments when I'm out running in them. Trainers are what I wear for my job, which feels bizarre. I often feel lucky that I have the comfiest work attire in the world.